Charlie Simpson Announces Solo Record, ‘Hope Is A Drug’, UK Tour For March 2022

His ten year anniversary for his solo record, ‘Young Pilgrim’ was the other day and now Charlie Simpson has announced the details of his brand new upcoming Solo record, ‘Hope Is A Drug’.

The record is set to be released on March 11th 2021 via Komorebi.

Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and more below.

01. All The Best
02. Blameless
03. One Of Us
04. Good To Love
05. Twice
06. I See You
07. Flatline
08. Anything For Love
09. Remembered Like This
10. Sliding Doors

Check out the latest single, the fifth track on the record, ‘Twice’.

you can also listen to track two, ‘Blameless’.

And lastly, here’s track six, ‘I See You’.

Pre-orders are available via the following link.

Charlie Simpson is set to head out on a lengthy UK tour for March / April 2022. Below are the touring dates.

MARCH 2022

13 – DUBLIN Green Room
15 – NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop
16 – GLASGOW Oran More
17 – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
19 – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
20 – BRISTOL Thekla
21 – MANCHESTER Gorilla
23 – BIRMINGHAM Institute2
24 – STOKE Sugarmill
25 – NORWICH Waterfront
27 – OXFORD Academy
28 – BRIGHTON Concorde2
29 – SWANSEA Sin City

APRIL 2022

18 – LONDON Lafayette
19 – LONDON Lafayette

Charlie Simpson Shares New Single, ‘One Of Us’

Charlie Simpson, of the bands Busted and Fightstar, has shared a new solo single called ‘One Of Us’.

This is the third solo single to come from Simpson this year few months (following both ‘I See You’ and ‘Blameless’), with all three expected to appear on his yet-to-be-announced upcoming full-length record.

Until then, you can stream and listen to ‘One Of Us’ below.

More details of Simpson’s second solo record will be confirmed as they develop.

Charlie Simpson Releases New Track ‘Blameless’

Busted / Fightstar frontman and singer / songwriter extraordinaire Charlie Simpson has released a new solo track titled as ‘Blameless’.

The release of ‘Blameless’ follows on from his 2020 single ‘I See You’.

You can check out ‘Blameless’ and the accompanying music video below.

At the time of writing, it’s not known if this is a stand alone single or taken from an upcoming EP / Album release.

New Music Video Roundup 27/11/20

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music video roundup. We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!

Formed in 2018, the young Los Angeles-based duo Analog Party has distilled their love for grunge, classic rock, post-punk, and industrial music into both a debut EP Model Youth (released April 19, 2019) and single Absolution (released June 19, 2020). Comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Animaan Pathak and bassist Charles Horin, the band’s unique sound walks a fine line between fierce riff-based rock and moody, atmospheric textures, touching on both introspective and existential lyrical themes. Their latest single “One” is reminiscent of bands like Alice in Chains and Deftones — soaring vocal harmonies, viscous heavy guitars, and mammoth drums serve as an immense sonic backdrop to a brooding reflection on how to exist in an increasingly chaotic society.

“Although I wrote the song late last year, the lyrics feel even more relevant now. While the verses capture the overwhelming waves of anxiety, fear, and loneliness that stem from being a young person in this currently fucked up period of history, the chorus captures the dichotomy of hope and hopelessness for the future. The phrase ‘I am one’ could be viewed as a self-affirming and empowering statement just as much as it is a reflection on how helpless and alone one can feel in today’s society. For the video, we teamed up with our friends at Sleepless Format (Brandon Villalovos and Mike Williamson) to capture a simple performance with a bleak visual tone to match the vibe of the music.” explains vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Animaan.

Seconds up in this weeks roundup are the Pop-Rock Trio taking the world by storm in Waterparks whom have shared a video for ‘Lowkey As Hell’.

“The song is a recap of the last year or so. It really describes what’s been going on and who I am. When I’m on stage, I’m a forward-facing, extroverted presence. At the same time, I’m also the biggest hermit ever. I just like to stay in, ignore my phone a lot, and write. I’m naturally reserved in my day-to-day life. The juxtaposition of loud materialism versus private emotion in that opening line really encapsulates the feeling I wanted to get across in the rest of the song.”

Heading out on their latest video are Mayday Parade for ‘Out Of Here’.

To be more precise about what the song is written about, we have to turn to drummer Jake Bundrick:

“’I Can Only Hope,’ simply put, is about my father. He recently had some medical issues in Georgia and being that I live in California, I felt so far away. The song is about being terrified. It’s about that uncertainty whether someone will pull through something so difficult. It’s about the unknown that follows all of it and never forgetting the sounds or senses of the moment when you received the news.”

After some teasing on both artists part, Stand Atlantic and Mokita have released their brand new collaboration. 

‘I’m Sorry’ is a proper heart-tugging anthem detailing the regrets that exist inside of you when love breaks down wrapped in the soft patter of electronic drums and plucking of guitar strings. 

As Stand have said, it’s something a little different for them to release but it’s something that is very welcome indeed.

Snake eyes latest release has them share a video for ‘Bugged Out’.

This is a cut from the band’s just-released debut EP ‘skeletons’, which arrived last month.

Guitarist and vocalist Jim Heffy says: “This was an idea I’d had for many years and that had many different forms. There were other guitar parts, as it was originally written for two guitars, but when I decided snake eyes should be a one-guitar band, I changed up the track. I was having a really bad time with insomnia and when I did sleep I would have weird nightmares and that’s kinda what the song’s about. Scary stuff, I know.”

Next up we have Never Not Nothing with their latest effort, ‘Upbeat Deadbeat’.

The duo – who recently changed their name from Black Futures – are following up their recent drop, ‘Ritual Destruction’, released last month.

Space explains: “The song grew from this idea of an ‘Existential Price List’. A literal absurdist depiction of their being a cost to your every action as a living entity. Be it an environmental cost, personal cost, societal cost. We may be more aware than ever of the impact our actions have on our surroundings.

“It felt important to juxtapose ‘Survival Of The Nicest’ with a brutally honest depiction of my personal battle with a tormented predisposition towards loss and disaster. The trial of trying so hard to present positive meaning in the face of the ridiculous walls we’ve built around us in the shape of societal norms, rules and antiquated systems that celebrate detached, divisive, destructive leaders.

“But we are not alone, we can project our own meaning on to the world using art and music as a subversive tool to give each other the agency to change and explore new frontiers. We’re hoping for Survival of The Nicest!”

Skywalker have announced that they have signed to Pale Chord and they are celebrating in style. 

Vocalist Jay Kocera had this to say about the signing:

“We’re really excited to be partnering with Pale Chord for the release of our new album! Pale Chord share our vision and we wholeheartedly appreciate their unwavering support and commitment to growing the band globally.”

Their first celebration is the release of a new music video which has a lot of sentimentality for Jay as he explains here:

“[This is] a pure expression of depression, despair, and loneliness. It’s about pondering my earlier decisions to “go it alone” and only rely on myself, as is the contemporary mantra of extreme individualism. In the midst of it, I find loneliness, emptiness, cold, and gloom. I want to escape but find myself unable to do so. In the bridge, I turn to breathing meditation, a technique so cynically abused by the worst players of global markets and capitalism, and ultimately fail. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of love, acceptance and letting go of what is not necessary or wholesome.”

Smrtdeath, who was born Mike Skwark, has announced his new album ‘Somethjings Wrong’ due out November 20 via Epitaph. Now, Smrtdeath shares his latest single from the forthcoming record. ‘Don’t Love Me’ epitomizes what Skwark does best, making anthems out of the everyday. With an incredibly catchy, and powerful chorus, the song transcends the underground alternative rap scene and makes it an infectious earworm.

“’Don’t Love Me’ is about wanting someone you can’t have,” explains Skwark. “Kind of like meeting someone at the wrong time, or when you’re too focused on yourself to have time to pursue a connection anywhere else. It’s also about the misguided feelings people can have about someone based on a fleeting connection.”

Now for the penultimate this week. UK four-piece LOVEBREAKERS dropped its new single “Family Man” via Little Rocket Records. The song appears on their forthcoming debut LP “Primary Colours” out in Spring 2021.

Jack Perry of LOVEBREAKERS says, “The song tells a short story of someone who has just became a parent. It’s influenced from some close friends of mine who recently started their own families. It’s a “homage” to those guys. It’s that back and forth of “DAMN THIS SUCKS, BUT I WOULDN’T CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD.” The verses are the negative side of things and the pre choruses/choruses are the positive side.”

And now it’s time for the final video this week and it’s emotional as hell. This is Charlie Simpson with his latest single, ‘I See You’

The track gives delicate piano sounds mixed with swirling strings that shield the beautiful melodies before an overwhelming finale sends shivers straight down your spine. It’s just wow. You have to check this out. do it.

It’s lovely basically and you can listen to it right here:

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!

New Music Roundup 30/10/20

Happy spooky season everyone and welcome back to the New Music Roundup! We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!

First up this week is the British Singer / Songwriter Charlie Simpson whom you might know from the bands Busted and/or Fightstar. He’s released his first solo track since his 2016 record, ‘Little Hands’.

Starting this weeks roundup off is the fantastic track, ‘I See You’.

Please note at the time of writing in preparation for this weeks list, there is no indication yet if this track will feature on a yet to be announced EP or Record.

Now we move onto the New York alternative pop band Eighty Ninety which consists of brothers Abner (vocals, production) and Harper (guitar, production) James — share their new singe, “Better as Friends”.  Following the brothers’ previous release “Happier,” “Better as Friends” is the second single from Eighty Ninety’s forthcoming sophomore EP. The EP was created in collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer Gian Stone (Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Dua Lipa).

Both cinematic and intimate, “Better as Friends” is a dreamy mix of contemporary pop and hazy chillwave production propelled by a driving pulse that culminates in a yearning, widescreen chorus complete with soaring melodies, lush arrangements and the band’s distinctive guitar work. As with all of Eighty Ninety’s tracks, “Better as Friends” uses deeply personal lyrics to connect with universal themes and feelings, exploring the powerful pull to stay connected with someone you once loved despite how painful it can be. “It’s about the desire to live in the past rather than face the end, and how loving someone can mean wanting the best for them even if that no longer includes you,” Abner and Harper write.

The NYC based duo’s songs fuse intimate storytelling, sticky melodies, and minimalist pop productions built on acoustic instruments and electronic sounds in a style they call “808s and telecasters” — a shorthand for both their music and their anything-goes mentality in the studio. “We let the emotional arc of the song, rather than any set of genre conventions, lead us to instruments and sounds,” the brothers say of their process.

Now we have the exciting, effervescent Maggie Cassidy, a British band with a fresh, pop-fuelled edge, blending filthy guitars with irresistible choruses to deliver a rare concoction of boyband punk.

The playful tongue-in-cheek track ‘D.E.A.D!’ is about feeling dead inside from staring at screens all day like a zombie, without human interaction. “Given the last six months EVERYONE is more familiar with that feeling than ever,” says guitarist Jan-Erik Barnegren. 

“There’s genuine feeling at the heart of the song, but there’s also an element of us poking fun at those emo tropes that really glamourise the macabre (which also comes across in the music video),” adds vocalist Jamie Coupe. “As an emo band we love that about the genre, but sometimes you have to poke your head up from out under it all and not take yourselves too seriously.”

In additional exciting news, the band have also announced that they will be back in the studio with Seb Barlow (Neck Deep) in November to record the follow-up to their recently released debut EP, ‘Life Is Beautiful’.

Check out their track ‘D.E.A.D’, which arrives just in time for halloween tomorow!

Diving further into the spooky, we have Scranton’s very own Motionless In White where  ‘Creatures X: To The Grave’, a tip to their ongoing tenth anniversary celebrations of their debut album, ‘Creatures’.

Chris Motionless (Vocals) says:

“After ten years of the most insane highs and lows that a band can experience, we are so proud to hit such a milestone as a record having its 10th anniversary. We wanted to do something special to celebrate, so we decided to throw it back with a very ‘Creatures’ inspired track that includes some of the very same keyboard sounds and guitar riff styles that are found on that record, as well as many callback lyrics and themes to the original ‘Creatures’ song. It’s been a very interesting year for everyone, but we’re happy to have found cool ways to still give fans something to hold on to throughout. Hope everyone enjoys this one. Happy Halloween.”

And lastly, The Pretty Reckless have been pretty quiet as of late, until now.

Their latest track, ‘Broomsticks’ arrived in the middle of the band teasing what is going to be their new record, which will be made with Century Media Records.

“When we first heard the new album, ‘Death By Rock And Roll’, we were very excited,” says the band’s manager, David Sonenberg. “We couldn’t wait to play it to record labels. We took a ton of meetings and received offers from a broad range of labels. But it quickly became apparent that Century Media was the right partner for us. They shared our passion and enthusiasm for what we believe will be a breakthrough album for The Pretty Reckless. So, here’s to our new partnership with Century Media! And long live Rock and Roll!!!”

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!

Charlie Simpson On Fightstar: “We Will Definitely Do Stuff With Fightstar Again”

Because of the reforming of Busted in 2015, the future of Fightstar’s future has been uncertain until now.

Jumping on the Sappenin’ podcast, which was cooked up recently by Sean Smith (The Blackout), Charlie went on to speak about Busted but also what’s coming up for the future.

He shared:

“I have done a couple of writing sessions already. I wrote a song the other day actually which I quite like, but I’m not a fan of doing different things at the same time.”

He continued “I feel like you need to focus on one project at a time to give it your full focus, but we will definitely do stuff with Fightstar again.”

“The Busted boys, we’ve all been quite open about the fact that, you know, we love doing this but that there will definitely be times where we take time out to do other projects. Matt likes doing his acting stuff, and James is doing his musicals, so there’ll be a point where we say ‘look, guys, let’s take a break and do other stuff’, but I can’t put an exact time limit on that at the moment. But, you know, yeah, whenever I get a guitar in my hand – especially a 7-string – the riffs start to come out.”

So plenty to take away from that but hopefully, we’re going to see some form of music in the future from the band!